Near 20% jump in animal testing in Northern Ireland in 2018
Northern Ireland has seen around a 20% rise in animal testing cases between 2017 and 2018.
New figures from the Department of Health revealed 28,790 tests took place last year, an increase of over 4,000 on the previous year.
The majority of tests were on mice (70%) with cows, fish, sheep rats and pigs amongst other animals used.
USPCA chief executive Brendan Mullen told Belfast Telegraph:
"It is disappointing to note the year-on-year increase.
"We would challenge the universities, medical schools and other research establishments to sign up to the principles of 'replacement, reduction and refinement' in order to promote and implement scientific methods that replace the use of animals in research.
"Investment in the '3Rs' has the potential to develop humane, innovative and animal-free science, just as has been achieved in the cosmetics industry."